What’s happening in the Philippines? [updated]

UPDATE: Read the joint statement released by the Global Council of Unions here The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has called an international day of action in solidarity with unionists in the Philippines.   

The latest police crackdown targeting unions and human rights defenders occurs amid a broader climate of government repression in the Philippines.  Unionists are arrested, offices are raided, and trade unionists have been murdered.

The 2019 ITUC Global Rights Index names the Philippines as among the ten worst countries in the world for workers’ rights. 

To support the global day of action, WA unions and their members are asked to:

  1. Print and sign the attached model letter to President Duterte, which has been drafted by the ITUC.  Please then send the letter to communications@ieuwa.org.au as an attachment. The letter will be submitted to the Consulate by UnionsWA President Steve McCartney on Tuesday.

    Please DO NOT send them straight to the Philippines government. 

  2. Support the Solidarity Action which has been arranged for Perth as follows:
    1. Date: Tuesday, 10 December, 2019
    2. Time: 9am
    3. Place: 21 Biscayne Way, Jandakot

  3. There is also a webinar with international speakers scheduled for early Sunday morning (5am Perth time). For more details on how to access the webinar via Zoom, please click here.

Welcomed action on Wage Theft

Following the completion of the State Inquiry into Wage Theft in July, the Report based on that inquiry has been released  which includes 28 recommendations for both Commonwealth and State governments, proposed by the author of the report, former WA Industrial Relations Commissioner Tony Beech, based on submissions to the Inquiry.

The IEUA WA Branch welcomes the initiative which supports the need for a closer collaboration between unions and employers on educating workers about wage theft and the tools available to them to report it.

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Catholic Lockout? Please sign this petition

Further to the media release below, the IEUA-QNT is requesting member support from all state branch members by clicking here and signing this petition. The petition will be forwarded to the Queensland IEU branch for presentation to the employer.

 


The following gives some background about this urgent action.

 

MEDIA RELEASE from our Queensland and Northern Territory Branch:

QLD Catholic school employers become first in Australia to threaten lockout of staff

7000 teachers and support staff would be locked out creating chaos for Catholic schools across Queensland

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AEC Post-Election Report

Download the AEC Post-Election Report here

Includes the results of the recent IEU elections.

According to Section 198 of the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009 (“the Act”) and the regulations an organisation must make the Post-Election Report and the organisation’s response to the report (if applicable) available to members.

Further, Regulation 141(4) of the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Regulations 2009 requires an organisation or branch to publish a notice on its website advising members that a copy of the Post-Election Report is available upon request.

However the full report is available through the above link.

IEU Secretariat Report 2019

Download a PDF version here

SECRETARIAT REPORT – BRANCHES’ ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGS OCTOBER 2019

Introduction

On 18 May 2019, the Liberal National Party Coalition Government led by Prime Minister Scott Morrison, was returned with a one seat majority.

While strong campaigning by ACTU unions to ‘Change the Rules’ ensured that education, health, job security and living wages were kept in the voters’ focus during the election, it did not provide for a change of government. 

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